International Biodiversity Day- December 29
International Biodiversity Day observed on every year 29, to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues. In December 2000, the UN General Assembly adopted 22 May as IDB, to commemorate the adoption of the text of the Convention on 22 May 1992 by the Nairobi Final Act of the Conference for the Adoption of the Agreed Text of the Convention on Biological Diversity. This was partly done because it was difficult for many countries to plan and carry out suitable celebrations for the date of 29 December, given the number of holidays that coincide around that time of year.
- 2015 – Biodiversity for Sustainable Development
- 2014 – Island Biodiversity
- 2013 – Water and Biodiversity
- 2012 – Marine Biodiversity
- 2011 – Forest Biodiversity
- 2010 – Biodiversity, Development and Poverty Alleviation
- 2009 – Invasive Alien Species
- 2008 – Biodiversity and Agriculture
- 2007 – Biodiversity and Climate Change
- 2006 – Protect Biodiversity in Drylands
- 2005 – Biodiversity: Life Insurance for our Changing World
- 2004 – Biodiversity: Food, Water and Health for All
- 2003 – Biodiversity and poverty alleviation – challenges for sustainable development
- 2002 – Dedicated to forest biodiversity
2014 Theme: Island Biodiversity
Islands and their surrounding near-shore marine areas constitute unique ecosystems often comprising many plant and animal species that are endemic —found nowhere else on Earth. The legacy of a unique evolutionary history these ecosystems are irreplaceable treasures.
They are also key to the livelihood, economy, well-being and cultural identity of 600 million islanders—one-tenth of the world’s population. Read more about the importance of islands.